Science

Analyzing Land Use Changes l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 6

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Students inquire about the changing agricultural land use in Michigan. Data for Michigan land use are graphed and analyzed to reveal past changes and project what future changes may occur. (This video lesson highlights activity 3 from lesson 5 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Assessing Prior Knowledge of Pond Life

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, master teacher and science education specialist Sally Crissman asks a small group of middle school students what they already know about pond life before starting a new investigation. Crissman emphasizes that assessing prior knowledge is an important part of the learning process. To do this, she asks students questions to gauge their understanding and experience with a subject, and may also have them make predictions about what they might observe. Crissman also talks about the effectiveness of regularly reviewing what students have learned with them before pushing their learning further.

MEECS Climate Change l Investigating Energy Balance: Video Lesson 3

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Students investigate Earth’s energy balance through a guided inquiry activity. (This video lesson highlights Extension activity 1 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

MEECS Air Quality l Air Quality Index: Video Lesson 8

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In this lesson, the Internet is used as a resource for students to access daily information about air quality. Students answer the essential question: What can the Air Quality Index (AQI) tell us about conditions outdoors? (This video lesson highlights activities 1, 2, and 4 from lesson 5 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

Living vs Nonliving l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 1

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The ecosystem concept is developed using the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Non-Game Wildlife posters to identify the living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components.

Interpret the Land Use Mini-Poster l MEECS Land Use Video Lesson 9

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In this lesson, students synthesize information about land use, water, and air from a poster. They discuss and identify ways in which land, water, and air affect ecosystems and the larger environment. (This video lesson highlights activity 3 from lesson 8 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Assessing Student Understanding of Crayfish

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In this video segment from Teaching Middle School Life Science, fifth-grade teacher Tracy Polte talks about how she assesses student understanding both during and after a classroom activity. During the activity, she is constantly assessing how well students work together in a group, whether they follow directions, and how they use their journals. Overall, she bases her assessments on the students’ actions during the experiment, their participation in classroom discussions, and the written work they produce.

Groundwater Model l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 7

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Building upon their prior knowledge of the water cycle, students explore how groundwater moves and how it interacts with surface water in a watershed through the creation of an edible groundwater model. (This video lesson highlights activities 3 and 4 from lesson 5 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

MEECS Air Quality l Particle Pollution: Video Lesson 7

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Students monitor particle and ozone pollution around their school/homes using homemade monitors. Go outdoors with MEECS in this lesson! (This video lesson highlights activities 4, 5, and 6 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

Threats and Protections for Michigan’s Biodiversity l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 10

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Using events from Michigan’s environmental history, students identify examples of threats to biodiversity. Students then apply knowledge of cause-and effect relationships to identify examples of historical events that threaten or offer protection to Michigan’s biodiversity. Students answer these essential questions: How is Michigan’s biodiversity threatened? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? What are examples of protections for biodiversity? (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from lesson 8 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.) 

 

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